Australia’s chief scientist unveils science strategy

first_imgOffering a glimmer of hope for Australia’s embattled scientific community, the nation’s chief scientist, Ian Chubb, outlined a national science strategy at a press conference in Canberra today. Among a raft of recommendations, his report calls for creating an Australian Innovation Board to identify priorities that would receive earmarked funding, adding to the rolls of science teachers, adopting a long-term R&D plan, and using science as a tool in Australian diplomacy.Australian science has suffered a number of setbacks in recent months. In September 2013, Prime Minister Tony Abbott abolished the science ministry, handing much of the science portfolio to Industry Minister Ian MacFarlane. 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We can and should aim higher.”It’s unclear how much of Chubb’s advice will be heeded. In an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Chubb, after expressing disappointment with Australia’s efforts in renewable energy, said: “I’ll make my views known and I don’t know whether it would carry any particular weight or not, but part of my job I think is to make sure that I do express those views when there is a need.” MacFarlane told The Australian that “I don’t think we’re poles apart” and that the government would soon announce initiatives that would “reinforce” some of the ideas in Chubb’s report.*Clarification, 3 September, 12:05 p.m.: This article has been updated to clarify Chubb’s statements in his interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.last_img read more

Lasith Malinga gets suspended ban for media remarks

first_imgLasith Malinga received a suspended one-year cricket ban after the fast bowler pleaded guilty to a charge of speaking to the media without permission, Sri Lanka’s cricket board said Tuesday.The sanction is suspended for six months and Malinga will also be fined 50 percent of the match fee from his next one-day international, Sri Lanka Cricket said.”1 Year suspension, suspended by six months (whereby the punishment would be imposed in the event of a similar infraction within the stipulated 6 month period) and a 50% fine of his next ODI match fee,” Sri Lanka Cricket said in a release.The charge against Malinga came from his response to criticism by Sri Lanka’s sports minister over the team’s fitness levels.Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara castigated players for allegedly being overweight soon after Sri Lanka failed to reach the semifinals at the Champions Trophy earlier in June, with the team dropping several catches against Pakistan.Malinga said players knew best about the game and likened the minister – who had suggested military training for the team – to a monkey occupying a parrot’s nest.Sri Lanka Cricket appointed a three-member disciplinary committee with Malinga pleading guilty Tuesday to breaching his contract with the board by speaking to the media without permission.A special executive committee meeting later Tuesday considered the finding of the inquiry and announced the sentence. It means the bowler will be free to play in the home series against Zimbabwe starting Friday.Team officials earlier made a presentation to Jayasekara over the players’ fitness program, Sri Lanka cricket manager Asanka Gurusinha said.advertisementAlso Tuesday, Sumathipala announced that fielding coach Nic Pothas will be interim head coach after the resignation of Graham Ford midway through his contract. Pothas will continue until the end of a home series against India starting next month.Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe play five one-day internationals and a Test match.last_img read more

Roger Federer is the clear favourite to win Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic

first_imgNovak Djokovic does not consider himself among the favourites at next month’s Wimbledon and shares the popular view that defending champion Roger Federer is likely to win a record ninth trophy at the All England Club.The Serbian, who is making a comeback from a long-term elbow injury, claimed his first victory over a top-10 opponent since last May at Queen’s Club on Thursday as he thrashed Grigor Dimitrov to reach the quarter-finals.The 12-times grand slam champion won the most recent of his three Wimbledon titles in 2015 and believes it is too soon to think about a fourth trophy at the elite tournament.”Let’s not get too ahead of ourselves too early. I’m definitely not one of the favourites for Wimbledon,” Djokovic told British media.Also read – Djokovic thrashes Dimitrov to reach quarters at Queen’s Club”Roger is the clear favourite without a doubt. (Rafa) Nadal maybe hasn’t played well at Wimbledon by his standards, but he’s won it several times. He’s definitely one of the candidates to win the title.”World number two Nadal, who last won the Wimbledon title in 2010, will enter All England Club without any competitive matches on grass this year after the Spaniard withdrew from the Fever-Tree Championships.Also read – Federer battles past Benoit Paire to enter Halle Open quartersDjokovic also backed two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, who returned from a year-long injury layoff at Queen’s Club but fell to a hard-fought defeat by Australian Nick Kyrgios, to make an impact.advertisement”Andy (Murray) and myself if we play well (can be contenders). We dropped in the rankings, but Andy played really well against Nick Kyrgios here,” Djokovic added.”He has home support, things can go in a good direction if he plays well at Wimbledon.”last_img read more

Asian Games 2018: Boxers Sarjubala Devi reaches quarters, Manoj Kumar loses

first_imgBoxer Sarjubala Devi advanced to the quarter-finals at the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta on Sunday. However, Manoj Kumar suffered a second round exit.Sarjubala, the reigning national champion, defeated Tajikistan’s Madina Ghaforova 5-0 in a qruelling pre-quaterfinal bout of the flyweight 51kg category.Sarjubala was up against a sprightly opponent and took a while to find her bearings in the bout.The diminutive Manipuri, after being rattled a bit in the opening three minutes, came back strongly in the next two, hitting straight and hitting hard to get the judges’ unanimous nod.ASIAN GAMES 2018 FULL COVERAGE | MEDALSHowever, Manoj went out in the round of 16 after being bested by Kyrgyzstan’s Abdurakhman Abdurakhamanov in the welterweight 69kg category.Earlier, two-time Commonwealth Games medallist Manoj was outwitted by Abdurakhamanov in both ring-craft and precision.ASIAN GAMES DAY 8 LIVE UPDATESThe Indian’s punches lacked in power and he also struggled to find his way through Abdurakhamanov’s shell guard in the first two rounds.The Kyrgyz boxer dropped his guard in the final three minutes but dominated with his aggressive approach to come out trumps.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Jalen McCleskey Helped Recruit Tyron Johnson to Oklahoma State

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! When LSU transfer Tyron Johnson made the decision to transfer, he talked with sophomore receiver Jalen McCleskey about his decision and even put a plug in for Oklahoma State.“He talked to me when he said he was transferring,” McCleskey said on Thursday. “I just told him it was a great fit and that Coach Dunn [the receivers coach] really wanted him.”The connection between the two is undeniable. Jalen Mccleskey’s father, J.J., is a well known trainer and has known Johnson for some time. They are both from the 504 New Orleans area and have that connection, too.Even more, according to a report from the media member speaking with Mccleskey, Tyron and his father played a large role in how Jalen eventually ended up at OSU. So for OSU and Mccleskey, they have to be excited to see that process come full circle. And just further proof that at Oklahoma State, players remain the best recruiters.last_img read more

Caledonia Medical to Provide Lab Tests for Several Public Hospitals

first_img Under the agreement, Caledonia Medical Laboratory will provide microbiology services to Kingston Public Hospital (KPH), Bustamante Hospital for Children, Victoria Jubilee Hospital, Spanish Town Hospital, National Chest Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital and Linstead Hospital. Story Highlights The Ministry of Health and Wellness has partnered with Caledonia Medical Laboratory Limited to provide laboratory tests for several public hospitals across the island. The Ministry of Health and Wellness has partnered with Caledonia Medical Laboratory Limited to provide laboratory tests for several public hospitals across the island.Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton; and Managing Director of Caledonia Medical Laboratory, Barbara Hendricks, signed the memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Monday (May 13), at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices.Under the agreement, Caledonia Medical Laboratory will provide microbiology services to Kingston Public Hospital (KPH), Bustamante Hospital for Children, Victoria Jubilee Hospital, Spanish Town Hospital, National Chest Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital and Linstead Hospital.Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton (seated, centre), along with Managing Director, Caledonia Medical Laboratory Limited, Barbara Hendricks (seated, right), affix their signatures to a copy of a memorandum of understanding (MOU), which will see the laboratory providing diagnostic tests for several public hospitals across the island. The signing took place during a ceremony at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices on Monday (May 13). Also pictured (seated, at left) is Permanent Secretary in the Health Ministry, Dunstan Bryan. Others (standing from left) are Director, Policy Planning and Development in the Ministry, Howard Lynch; Director, Health Systems Support and Monitoring, Dr. Beverley Wright; Head, Health Promotion and Protection Branch, Dr. Simone Spence; Administrative Manager, Caledonia Medical, June Bryan; and Technical Manager at the lab, Marcia Grant.center_img Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton; and Managing Director of Caledonia Medical Laboratory, Barbara Hendricks, signed the memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Monday (May 13), at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices. The tests include ear, eye, throat, nasal, sputum, urine, blood, and sterility.The provision is part of a $1-billion programme being undertaken by the Government to reduce waiting time within the public health system.The programme, which was announced by portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, during his Sectoral presentation on May 7, aims to address delays in the provision of diagnostic tests, day and inpatient surgeries, and also shortage in bed space.Caledonia Medical Laboratory is the first entity to sign on to the diagnostic aspect of the programme.Dr. Tufton said that the Government’s objective is to “do away” with the practice of sending public health patients to do diagnostic tests privately, at their expense.As such, he said that the arrangement will enable persons to access diagnostic services in the private space “but we will deal with the cost”.“We want to be able, once we identify limited capacity, to boost our capacity by adding private providers within a transparent governance framework to add to what we do. We really believe in the partnerships and we think Caledonia clearly qualifies for this,” he said.Under the initiative, it is intended that Jamaicans who are examined in the public health system and approved for diagnostic tests will be given the tests free of charge, even if they have to get them done by an approved private provider.These include computerised tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound, angiography, endoscopy (colonoscopy and urogenital endoscopy), and histopathology.last_img read more

Nova Scotia The Winter Shopping Destination

first_img When dazzling Christmas trees are illuminated in communitiesacross the province, they signal a time when Nova Scotians andvisitors head out to shops and markets. Whether you’re lookingfor a gift for that special someone, a unique item to treatyourself, or you’re just window shopping, there’s guaranteed tobe something to tempt you. From the novice shopper to the dedicated expert, there’s ashopping experience to meet everyone’s need. Browse throughhistoric shopping districts in Halifax’s Hydrostone area, inAnnapolis Royal, Sydney and Lunenburg. Peruse antique shops inthe highlands of Cape Breton and Pubnico. Spend a day in thelargest malls east of Montreal. Or visit century old farmers’markets and regional craft fairs. Nova Scotia has an international reputation for its handmadegoods, fine wines, and products from the sea. Many Nova Scotiastores also offer clothing and other products found in biggercentres like Toronto, Montreal and New York. On a shopping tourof Nova Scotia, you can find everything you’re looking for, andeven a few surprises you hadn’t planned on. In Mahone Bay you’ll find the finest handmade Belgian chocolates,while across the province in Pictou, you’ll find the highestquality kitchen knives in the world. In Halifax, you’ll find thelatest fashion trends straight from the runways of Paris and NewYork. If a more relaxed atmosphere is what you’re looking for, head toCape Breton where you’ll find stores filled with the perfect NovaScotia gift items including music and one-of-a kind crafts.Antique dealers in shops from Yarmouth to Sydney will tempt youwith their knack for finding those special items not foundanywhere else. Whether it’s the 2003 limited edition Christmas ornament, or thatspecial bottle of wine, you’ll quickly realize that Nova Scotiacraftspeople accept only the best of quality and character intheir work. Shopping makes an ideal excuse for a weekend getaway in NovaScotia. Many hotels and bed and breakfasts offer special packagesto make your shopping weekend that much more special. Whetheryou’re from the Maritimes, New England, or from right here athome, our shopkeepers will welcome you with genuine Nova Scotiahospitality. This year, the potential for a weekend shopping getaway in theprovince is even better. As always, many bookshops and smallerstores are open seven days a week. However, this year, many ofthe larger Nova Scotia stores will also open on Sundays duringthe weeks leading up to Christmas. For further information on winter shopping, events, festivals andattractions, see the Tourism and Culture website atwww.novascotia.com or call 1-800-565-0000. -30- NOTE TO EDITORS: Following is one in a series of feature articlesfrom Tourism and Culture.last_img read more

Commission Settles with Emeric Neil Black

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Securities Commission today, Jan. 13, has settled a case with Emeric Neil Black, who admitted to not filing insider trading reports. Mr. Black was a director of The Helical Corporation Inc., a reporting issuer in Nova Scotia since July 14, 2004, which made him an insider. During that time, he bought and sold shares of Helical without filing the required insider reports, which Mr. Black acknowledged contravened section 113 of the Nova Scotia Securities Act. A reporting issuer is company that sells shares to the public and has received a receipt for its prospectus from the Nova Scotia Securities Commission. Under the order and settlement agreement, Mr. Black will pay an administrative penalty of $2,500 to the commission. He will also pay $500 in investigation and proceedings costs. The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is the provincial government agency responsible for regulating trading in securities in the province. To view the order and settlement agreement, visit the website at www.gov.ns.ca/nssc/compliancenforce/enforproceedings.asp .last_img read more

Man dies under mysterious circumstances in custody

first_imgNew Delhi: A man accused in a smuggling case died under suspicious circumstances in custody of the police at Nand Nagri police station on Thursday morning.Delhi Police suspended one head constable and two constables in connection with the case. The investigating agency is waiting for the post-mortem report to ascertain the cause of death. Police identified the deceased as Govinda who lived in northeast Delhi area. He was accused of supplying illicit liquior on the basis of secret information, he was allegedly arrested with illicit liquior bottles from Nand Nagri area on Thursday. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarWith Govinda, his other associate Naeem was nabbed. Both were taken to the police station for further questioning. Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (North East) RP Meena said that the incident took place after 9 pm in Nand Nagri police station when the condition of Govinda started deteriorating. Later, Govinda was taken to a hospital after he fell ill, however, the doctors declared him dead, police added. The Additional DCP further stated that they suspect that the Govinda might die of some health issues but they are waiting for the postmortem report which will clear the reason behind his death. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceThe deceased’s family alleged that Govinda was beaten up inside the police station. RP Meena said that he was not beaten up by the policemen but they have also started an inquiry in the case. “So far no role of any police personnel in death,” said RP Meena. The investigating agency has suspended Head Constable Abhishek, Constable Vishal and Constable Udhaam Singh. “They have been suspended for their procedural lapse during the registration of the case,” added RP Meena adding that magisterial enquiry in the case is in progress. The family members of the deceased said that in the morning Govinda was taken to the police station. “He was well Govinda was beaten up,” deceased’s relative said. The investigation in the case is on from different angles to get more clues in the case. Recently last month a 55-year-old man jumped to death from the balcony of Bawana police station. Police said that he was called in the police station for routine inquiry about his son’s whereabouts.last_img read more

Official US envoy meets Afghan leader over USTaliban talks

first_imgKabul: An Afghan official says US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has met with President Ashraf Ghani in the capital, Kabul, to brief him on the latest round of talks with the Taliban on ending America’s longest war. Ghani spokesman Sediq Sediqqi confirms that the meeting took place Sunday night at the presidential palace shortly after Khalilzad arrived from Qatar, where the ninth round of talks ended without a final deal. Sediqqi on Monday said the palace soon will release details of the meeting. Khalilzad over the weekend said the US and the militant group are “at the threshold of an agreement” even as the Taliban attacked the capitals of Kunduz and Baghlan provinces in the north. Intra-Afghan talks that include the Afghan government are meant to follow a US-Taliban agreement.last_img read more

Fiveyearold PEI girl injured when wind gusts carry trampoline 40 metres

first_imgHUNTER RIVER, P.E.I. – A five-year-old Prince Edward Island girl is in hospital after a trampoline she was playing on was carried about 40 metres by wind gusts and landed on top of her.Ella Hurry was jumping on a trampoline Sunday in Wheatley River, P.E.I., when high winds carried the trampoline across the yard, tearing the clothesline off a pole and landing on her.“She just went outside to play,” her grandmother Stella McNeill said Monday. “She was only out a couple minutes when they heard a loud bang.”Ella’s father ran out and lifted the trampoline off her, but she was unconscious, McNeill said.“She’s only 37 pounds,” she said. “It’s a big trampoline and it landed right on her.”The girl regained consciousness after about five minutes and then started to cry, McNeill said.Paramedics took Ella to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown, where doctors ran several tests before she was airlifted around midnight to the IWK Health Centre in Halifax.Ella has a concussion and a badly bruised lung, but McNeill said doctors expect she will make a full recovery.“The breathing tubes have all come out and she’s breathing on her own,” she said. “They say the bleed is very small on her brain, so things are going very good.”McNeill added: “She’s quite a little spitfire. She’s got three older sisters and she holds her own pretty well.”McNeill is urging parents to tie down trampolines to prevent a similar accident — or worse.“Spend $20 bucks and get the pegs and tie them down,” she said. “It’s a cheap fix because the next one might not be so lucky.”The accident took place at Ella’s paternal grandparents’ house and they have since gotten rid of the trampoline, said McNeill, who is Ella’s maternal grandmother.However, she said the family also owns a trampoline at their home, and they are safely securing it.“There has never been any issue before,” McNeill said. “It seems like this was just a fluke, but parents should be aware that these things should be tied down to prevent injury.”McNeill, who arrived in Halifax early Monday, said the family has purchased Ella a stuffed tiger, because she is a fighter, but that right now she is getting lots of sleep.“She hasn’t spoke anything yet,” she said, adding that the family hoped she’ll be able to leave the intensive care unit later Monday.Environment Canada recorded wind gusts of up to 81 km/hr in the area on Sunday.Linda Libby, meteorologist with the federal agency based in Charlottetown, said there are two stations in the area that measured high winds. One in nearby Harrington recorded gusts of up to 78 km/hr, while Stanhope National Park reported gusts up to 81 km/hr.“It was certainly blowing more than it does normally,” she said, adding that winds have to reach 90 km/hr before a warning is issued.Libby said an unstable low pressure weather system may have contributed to the trampoline accident, as a gust of warmer air could have hit the ground and bounced back up.“Trampolines are like big sails, so they can catch the wind.”— By Brett Bundale in Halifaxlast_img read more

Mayor Lori Ackerman named the 2019 Canadian Energy Person of the Year

first_imgThe Energy Council of Canada goes on to share Mayor Ackerman willingness to share lessons learned and to engage in dialogue regarding the relationship between local communities and Canada’s energy sector marks her as a leader not only in her own community but across Canada.“Canadian communities that grow alongside energy development, manage unique development opportunities. Balancing economic highs and lows, while moving toward a sustainable future for both the community and the energy industry requires vision, tenacity and strong leadership. Canada is fortunate to have a leader like Lori Ackerman who sees the big picture and the local reality and is able to fit the two together for mutual benefit. There is a lot we can learn from Mayor Ackerman, which is why we’re so pleased she is the 2019 Canadian Energy Person of the Year.” said Jacob IrvingThe Canadian Energy Person of the Year Award was established in 2001 by the Energy Council of Canada to recognize and pay tribute to a Canadian energy leader who has made a significant impact at the national and international levels within the energy sector.Nominations are based upon the nominee’s outstanding accomplishments in the business or public sectors and the community at large.Since Mayor Ackerman thinks globally and acts locally, with Fort St. John City Council, she successfully aligned the City’s Strategic Plan with UN Global Sustainable Development Goals.Mayor Ackerman has received one of only two Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum and Certified Passive House designations in Canada for Fort St. John’s demonstration house. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Mayor Lori Ackerman will be honoured by the Energy Council of Canada as she has been chosen as the 2019 Energy Person of the Year.The Energy Council of Canada recognizes Mayor Ackerman as one of Canada’s top energy advocates, by sharing she is admired for her leadership of a resource-driven municipality, striking a balance between energy development, community representation, and First Nations partnerships.As a 30-year resident of Fort St. John, B.C. and the community’s first female mayor, Mayor Ackerman understands the challenges and opportunities that energy resource municipalities manage by advocating for economic and community development, technological innovation, and Canadian competitiveness. The City of Fort St. John, was presented Clean Energy B.C.’s Community of the Year Award and installed an in-line turbine on the City’s gravity-fed effluent outfall line generating 780 MWh of energy each year, under Mayor Ackerman’s leadership.Mayor Ackerman is also a contributing member of the Sustainable and Inclusive Communities in Latin America (CISAL) initiative, working with resource-based communities in Colombia and Peru to build capacity in local government.Awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, Mayor Ackerman was recognized as one of the Top 35 Most Influential Women in B.C.last_img read more

Supply issues blamed as NL loses first private regulated cannabis store

CLARENVILLE, N.L. — A privately-owned cannabis store in Newfoundland is closing, and the manager says supply issues are largely to blame.Puff Puff Pass Headshop in Clarenville, N.L., is the province’s first private weed store casualty since recreational marijuana was legalized in October.It is one of just six private, regulated cannabis retailers in Newfoundland and Labrador, and will shut its doors for good on Thursday.Business manager Tina Greening says retailers in Newfoundland and Labrador are only allowed to purchase from seven licensed producers, picked by the province’s liquor commission.She said the suppliers provided stores with a “small list” of what they were allowed to order, and even dictated quantities.The owners of other private, regulated stores in the province have raised similar concerns about supply, and some shops have run out of product routinely.“If those suppliers didn’t have anything, there was no other recourse. There was nowhere we could go and order supply,” Greening said. A supply crunch has hampered government-run and private retailers across Canada.But Greening also said the quality of the product was not to her customers’ standard.She said they want no less than 20 per cent THC, but the stock she’s getting is maxing out at 11 to 15 per cent.“I know it’s only been legal since October but in reality my customers have been consuming cannabis for some of them 30, 40 years. They know what they want when they come into my store,” said Greening.“I’ve had customers say to me personally, you know, this is it, I’ve been in here so many times you guys never have anything that we want, I’m just going back to the black market and I’ll never buy legal again.” (VOCM)The Canadian Press read more

BC says insurance rates to go up by 49 per cent as

B.C. says insurance rates to go up by 4.9 per cent as affordability is reviewed VICTORIA – Those who insure their vehicles in British Columbia will see a rate increase for basic insurance of 4.9 per cent.The provincial government has directed the B.C. Utilities Commission to approve the rate for next year for the public auto insurer, but it wants to make sure that in the long term, the rates are in line with inflation.Transport Minister Todd Stone told reporters in a conference call that he acknowledges an increase of nearly 5 per cent year-over-year is not affordable for most families.“I’ve heard the message loud and clear that people are worried about the increasing cost of living,” he said.The minister announced the government has launched a third-party review to make recommendations that will keep auto insurance rates affordable in the long term.Stone said the goal is to put British Columbia drivers first and for the Insurance Corp. of B.C. to manage its cost pressures and bring rate increases closer to the inflation rate.He said the review will look at the entire spectrum of the insurer’s operations to come up with as many solutions as possible for reducing cost pressures.“We can’t keep doing things the same way and expect a different outcome, so we’re prepared to change,” Stone said.The minister said the government does not intend to move to a privatized model of insurance through this review.The insurance provider has already begun the process to prepare for the review, and the third party is expected to be selected in the new year.Stone said the aim is to have results of the review ready by early next summer to be able to effect the insurance provider’s next round of rate filing that is due in August.The third-party review comes as the frequency and severity of injury claims jumped, while the average cost of vehicle claims increased by 17 per cent between 2014 and 2015.The province announced earlier this year that it would be doubling basic premiums for high-priced luxury vehicles and clamping down on fraud with a new detection tool.ICBC is the province’s public auto insurer and almost all drivers in the province must purchase basic auto insurance for their vehicle through the corporation. by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 19, 2016 4:06 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 19, 2016 at 5:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Brock appoints new Dean of Mathematics and Science

Syed Ejaz Ahmed — currently a professor and head of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Windsor — is Brock’s new Dean of Faculty of Mathematics and Science.Syed Ejaz AhmedAhmed will take up his new position on Jan. 1, 2012. In the meantime, Rick Cheel, professor of Earth Sciences, will stay on for a six-month extension as Interim Dean.The announcement was made today by Murray Knuttila, Provost and Vice-President Academic.Ahmed has been at the University of Windsor since 2002. He received his MSc from the University of Guelph in 1984 and his PhD from Carleton University in 1987. He taught at the University of Regina from 1989-2002, the last three years as head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.Ahmed was also an assistant professor at the University of Western Ontario from 1987-89, and a visiting professor at the University of Michigan in 2008.Ahmed’s area of expertise includes statistical inference, multivariate analysis and asymptotic theory. He is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and was the founding director for the Centre for Statistical Consulting, Research, Learning and Services.He has made more than 120 scholarly presentations in countries around the world, authored more than 125 peer-reviewed articles and reviewed more than 70 books and research volumes. He is co-author of a popular textbook Introduction to Probability and Statistics, and author of two other textbooks.Knuttila said the new Dean emerged from a strong field of candidates who sought the appointment.“While we look forward to gaining a scholar of Dr. Ahmed’s calibre, I also want to express the University’s sincere appreciation to Rick Cheel, who has led the Faculty of Mathematics and Science for more than a year while we conducted the national search for a permanent replacement,” he said. read more

Weekend foggy earphones How three random words helped police come to rescue

awaited.passively.landings – the What3Words  address for StonehengeCredit:What3words / SWNS Costly Awesome Florists – the What3Words address for the Eden Project in CornwallCredit:What3words / SWNS Costly Awesome Florists - the What3Words address for the Eden Project in Cornwall Thousands of other organisations have also adopted the technology, including the UN, which uses it for disaster relief, Mercedes-Benz, which recently launched the world’s first car with built-in What3Words voice navigation, and Domino’s Pizza.Individuals can also use it to meet in crowded places such as on beaches or at festivals.The technology was the brainchild of  British entrepreneur Chris Sheldrick, who says it is more specific than postcodes, which were invented when posting letters was the main form of communication, and simpler than GPS co-ordinates.Mr Sheldrick and his friend Jack Waley-Cohen, a mathematician, who met when they both played chess at Eton, came up with the idea in 2013 and spent a year developing the product. They ensure that words that have two different spellings and profanities are carefully screened out.To generate 57 trillion three-word addresses, the company uses the cube root of that figure – a pool of about 38,500 words. Sam Sheppard, of Avon & Somerset Police, said it had changed the way the force dealt with incidents when the location unknown.He said: “We are moving away from the old style questioning – ‘Where have you come from?’, ‘Where are you going?’, ‘What can you see?’ etc. “These questions take time and aren’t always that accurate. Asking for a three word address or sending an SMS so they can easily provide their three word address, has meant we have saved valuable time locating incidents.” Two other police forces, Humberside and West Yorkshire, also use the system, as does the British Transport Police and three fire services; Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.Call handlers can send a text to the caller with a link to a page that generates their three-word address. awaited.passively.landings - the What3Words  address for Stonehenge Terrified and utterly disorientated after flipping her car into a ditch, Valerie Hawkett found herself stranded with absolutely no idea where she was. After managing to pull herself and her four-year-old daughter free from the vehicle, she called the police. But she could not be seen from the road and was unable to direct them to the scene.Incredibly, officers were able to pinpoint her exact location using new technology that assigns three random words to every 3m X 3m square on the planet.As such, after being sent the relevant web link, the words “weekend foggy earphones” led officers straight to the scene – a field on the A36 heading out of Norton St Philip, Somerset.The geocoding system, called What3Words has divided the world into 57 trillion squares, each of which has its own unique address.Avon and Somerset Police were among the first in the UK to pilot the technology last year and Ms Hawkett, 33, and her daughter are believed to be the first rescued with it. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Zlatan on Alphonso Davies If hes going to Bayern then hes

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic is expecting great things from Alphonso Davies once he moves to Bayern MunichThe 17-year-old winger sealed a move to the Bundesliga champions in the summer transfer window and will join his new team once Vancouver Whitecaps’ MLS campaign comes to an end in the winter.And Ibrahimovic was left impressed by what he saw after going up against Davies in Galaxy’s 3-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday.“If he’s going to Bayern, then he’s a good player,” said the 37-year-old on the Bundesliga website.“They don’t choose bad players, especially young ones. At a club like Bayern, he will learn a lot. If they saw something, they saw something big, because they don’t get anyone just like that.”Ibrahimovic, who has played for the likes of Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United, feels that the young Canadian should not feel intimidated by the star players at Bayern.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I just hope he’s ready when he goes there,” he said.“Because when he arrives he will be lonely and the competition will be big, so he needs to be mentally strong. And when he sees the big players, not show too much respect.“You’re going there for a reason, because you’re part of the team. Then it’s up to him to do the rest, so I see a bright future!”Zlatan Ibrahimovic gives advice to Alphonso Davies ahead of his move to Bayern. pic.twitter.com/DRmH4J1nuh— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) September 30, 2018last_img read more

Nikiski Man Arrested For An Active Federal Warrant

first_imgAccording to the online trooper dispatch, Joshua L. Kushner, age 38 of Nikiski, had an active federal warrant for his arrest. Further investigation revealed Kushner provided a false name to AST when contacted. Kushner was arrested for False Information and the active warrant. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers arrested a Nikiski man early this morning on an active federal warrant and providing false information to an officer. Kushner was transported to the Wildwood Pretrial Facility where he was remanded and held without bail. At approximately 2 a.m.,, AST contacted a subject on N. Miller Loop Road, Nikiski for a motorist assist.last_img read more

Salon Media Group Reports Big Jump in Traffic

first_imgStrategic cuts reduced administrative expenses by 36 percent in Q1 2013 over that same period last year, and 24 percent ($1.2 million) for the fiscal year. Still, net losses kept the company in red ink over the last fiscal year. Net losses narrowed to $700,000 in Q1, which is a 55 percent reduction when compared to that period last year. However, total losses for the year were only reduced by .3 percent. Despite the administrative cuts and discontinuation of some operations like video and a subscription-based model, traffic increased exponentially. This is interesting in a time when publishers are racing to establish robust video and paid content strategies. The company’s website ended its fourth quarter with an average of 14.1 million monthly uniques, which was an increase of 93 percent over the same period the previous year. What’s more, the website averaged 10.7 million monthly uniques for the fiscal year; this was an increase of 68 percent over the previous year. These increases were third most amongst the consortium of publishers Salon competes against. Only Buzzfeed and Gawker grew their traffic more, according to ComScore.While Salon has undoubtedly improved its footing over the past year, there are still a couple of concerns when examining its forward looking statement. The company reports it has potentially insignificant cash flows. Not only that, but its dependence on outside capital investments could prove to be problematic. Also, its sustainability is reliant on ad sales, which as publishers know, has been a volatile source of revenue in recent years. Salon Media Group released its Q1 financials this week and it appears that Web traffic has stimulated revenue growth for the pure-play publisher. Web traffic isn’t the only catalyst however, the company also made strategic cuts in video production and its subscription model, which curbed some losses. Salon is up 21 percent in net revenue from continuing operations when comparing Q1 2013 to Q1 2012, which totals about $900,000. Overall, the company has increased its annual continuing operations by 5 percent from the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013. Ad revenues swelled for the company as well-increasing 10 percent over 2012, which totals $3.3 million. Also, third-party ad sales grew by 23 percent in 2013, equaling $1.6 million.last_img read more